June 20, 2021

Noon – Midnight EDT

Bang on a Can PRESENTS






 Michael Gordon’s Timber turns TEN
and we’re having a Birthday Party!

On June 20 from noon to midnight (EDT) Bang on a Can presents 12 hours of streaming performances of Timber by ensembles from around the World, interviews with performers and collaborators, archival videos, remixes, and more!

Program ORDER
noon – midnight ET
(exact times TBA)

Slagwerk Den Haag and Club Guy & Roni dance (Netherlands) 12 ET
SaNeNa (Turkey) (France) 12:20 ET
Hauschka (Germany) 13:30 ET
Ensemble Tactus 13:50 ET
In­sti­tut für Mu­sik Universität Kassel (Germany) 13:55 ET
 (Italy) 14:10 ET
Greg Saulnier (USA) 15:15 ET

Grupo de Percussão (Portugal) and Roberto Olivan dance(Spain) 15:20 ET
So Percussion (USA) 15:50 ET
Ictus Ensemble (Belgium) 16:25 ET

Ensemble Perceum (Uruguay) 16:30 ET
NPR Mantra @ Lowes (USA) 17:45 ET

Steven Schick (USA) ) 17:50 ET
Versus8 (Mexico) 18:40 ET
University of Michigan Percussion Ensemble (USA) 19:50 ET
Nief Norf (USA) 21:00 ET

Left Edge Percussion (USA) 21:25 ET
Squarepusher Remix (UK) 22:40 ET

Mantra Percussion (USA) 23:00 ET

This is a free concert! But please consider purchasing a ticket just the same. Doing so will help us to do more performances, pay more players, commission more composers, and share more music worldwide.


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Suggested Ticket Levels


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$100 and above

Receive the above and reserved seating! Okay, that’s silly. You can sit wherever you want. BUT $100 and above makes you a donor, not just a ticket buyer, and you can get a tax deduction and name on the Marathon website as a PRODUCER! Because you helped us produce the show, and that’s really, really important.

$1,500 – Commissions!

This is a very special category indeed. We are going to try to commission as many pieces as we can over the next few months, before we can all settle into a venue together to hear music together. So…for each $1,500 gift, we will apply the funds in equal parts to the composer, to the performer and to the Marathon 2020 fund that keeps this all going. If you want to know more about these commissions, just send an email to Tim Thomas, [email protected]. Or, when you give $1,500, we’ll contact YOU with info on your composer and when the piece will be premiered. You will also receive a signed score from the composer and our undying gratitude.

An hour-long tour de force for six percussionists, Timber is scored for six pieces of wood, known as simantras — instruments from the Eastern Orthodox liturgy. Using these simple instruments (cut to varying pitches from low to high) Gordon shapes the music in both polyrhythmic and dynamic waves of textures; often each players’ hands are in separate rhythmic ‘worlds’, each traversing a different dynamic contour from loud to soft to loud.

When amplified in a resonant space the “glorious overtones produced from this limited array has to be heard to be believed.” (TimeOut Chicago) What can be described as an aurora borealis of sound, the overtones from the instruments combine to create hidden melodies — an other-worldy mix of timbres and harmonies that float and shimmer above the ensemble. “It has a halo, an ethereal aura of sound.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Gordon writes about the work:

I thought of composing this music as being like taking a trip out into the desert. I was counting on the stark palette and the challenge of survival to clear my brain and bring on visions.

This marathon streaming event marks a new decade for the work As Timber becomes more engrained in contemporary music repertoire, the work’s new publisher, G. Ricordi & Co., New York (part of the Universal Music Publishing Group) has moved the performance materials from rental/hire to sales. The score and parts are now available for purchase from any regional office of UMPG’s global network. You can click here to find an office near you, or write to Jude Vaclavik, Director, US Classical Publishing and Promotion, G. Ricordi & Co., New York.



Bang on a Can is grateful for the support of these crucial 2021 Funders:

Bang on a Can’s 2020-21 programs are made possible with generous lead support from: Amphion Foundation, ASCAP and ASCAP Foundation, Atlantic Records, Daniel Baldini, Stephen A. Block, Bishop Fund, Jeffrey Calman, Charina Endowment Fund, City of New York Department of Cultural Affairs, Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, Exploring the Arts, Howard Gilman Foundation, Jaffe Family Foundation,, Alan Kifferstein & Joan Finkelstein, Michael Kushner, Leslie Lassiter, Herb Leventer, MAP Fund, Raulee Marcus, MASS MoCA, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Jeremy Mindich & Amy Smith, Elizabeth Murrell & Gary Haney, National Endowment for the Arts, New Music USA, New York Community Trust, New York State Council on the Arts (with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature), Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Scopia Capital Management, Matthew Sirovich & Meredith Elson, Maria & Robert A. Skirnick, Jane & Dick Stewart, Sandra Tait and Hal Foster, Trust for Mutual Understanding, U.S Department of State, Williamson Foundation for Music, Adam Wolfensohn & Jennifer Small, and Wolfensohn Family Foundation.

Bang on a Can’s Board of Directors: Michael Kushner, president; Sandra Tait, vice-president; Alan Kifferstein, Treasurer; Robert A. Skirnick, secretary. Betto Arcos, Daniel Baldini, Jeffrey Bishop, Stephen Block, Jeffrey Calman, Michael Gordon, Lynette Jaffe, David Lang, Leslie Lassiter, George Lewis, Raulee Marcus, Elizabeth Murrell, Jane Stewart, Julia Wolfe, Adam Wolfensohn

Bang on a Can Staff:

Artistic Directors: Michael Gordon, David Lang, Julia Wolfe
Executive Director: Kenny Savelson
Development Director: Tim Thomas
Project and Summer Festival Manager: Philippa Thompson
Producer: Sruly Lazaros
1Beat Co-Directors: Chris Marianetti, Jeremy Thal, Elena Moon Park
1Beat Managers: Kyla-Rose Smith and Ezra Tenenbaum
Accounts Manager: Brian Petuch
Online Store Manager: Aeryn Santillan
Archive Content Manager: Matt Evans
Publicity: Jensen Artists